Designer Spotlight: Seth Apter, Creative Layering

Mixed media for me is all about creative layering, so I decided to make a piece of art that combined elements from different dies and a variety of materials. This way, I am putting my own creative spin on the artwork and am sure to have something different from everybody else.


I love a textured background, so I chose a piece of hand painted paper from my stash that I ran through the Platinum Machine along with my Gridiron Embossing Folder. To highlight the textured pattern that was created, I sponged the raised surface with Midnight Blue StazOn ink. I also added ink to the edge of the embossed paper. To give this piece a more substantial look, I adhered the background to the surface of a piece of book board that I had previously covered with hand painted paper in a contrasting color.

I chose a different sheet of hand painted paper to which I added detail by randomly stamping my French Text stamp using Midnight Blue and Spiced Chai StazOn ink pads.

I ran this paper through the Platinum Machine with both my Drip Drop and my Take Flight die sets. I stacked and glued together the two largest die cuts from each set and added some Midnight Blue StazOn ink to the edges to create a contrasting border and a sense of dimension.

For additional layers, I first ran the Take Flight die through the machine a second time without the inside circle using a sheet of gold foil from the Gilded Life Foil Pack. Using the medium sized die from my Robo Ring set, I then cut darker, painted paper creating both a circle and a loop.

Next I glued all the pieces together to create the main element of the artwork. I also outlined the letters in the word Fly with a gold gel pen to make them pop.

I love incorporating text into my work, so I created a label using the medium sized die from my Robo Bar set and two contrasting colors of hand painted paper. I added the word ‘œbelieve’€ using gold metallic rub-ons.

Next I took all the components and glued them to the background surface.

Having layered multiple die cuts from different die sets, I now have a one-of-a-kind artwork. Hope you are inspired now to make one of your own.

Spellbinders Supplies:
PL-001 Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine
SEL-002 Gridiron Embossing Folder
SBS-017 French Text Stamp
S4-620 Take Flight Die Set
S4-621 Drip Drop Die Set
S3-232 Robo Bar Die Set
S3-233 Robo Ring Die Set
GLF-001 A Gilded Life Foil Pack

Preferred Partners:
Imagine Crafts StazOn Midi Ink Pads (Midnight Blue, Spiced Chai)

Watercolor paper painted with acrylic paint, book board, adhesive scissors, gold gel pen, craft sponge, rub-on letters

Seth Apter

Seth Apter is a mixed media artist, instructor, author and designer from New York City. His artwork has been displayed in multiple exhibitions and can be found in numerous books and national magazines. He is the voice behind The Pulse, a series of international, collaborative projects that are the basis of his two books, The Pulse of Mixed Media and The Mixed-Media Artist. He has also produced two workshop DVDs: Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques and Easy Mixed Media Techniques for the Art Journal.


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